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Passed Senate amended (10/21/1998)

Urges the President and the Secretary of State to: (1) give high priority to solving the conflict in Sierra Leone and to bring stability to West Africa in general; (2) continue to strictly enforce the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council and Revolutionary United Front, including the condemnation of other nations found to be not in compliance with the embargo; (3) continue to encourage the contribution of peacekeeping forces by member governments of the Economic Community of West African States to ECOMOG (its peacekeeping arm); (4) continue to support the UN High Commission for Refugees appeal for aid to the Sierra Leone refugees in Guinea, Liberia, and other countries; (5) support the UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations working in Sierra Leone to bring humanitarian relief and peace to the country and the UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone; (6) take a more comprehensive and focused approach to the relief, recovery, and development assistance program in Sierra Leone and to continue to support the Government of Sierra Leone in its Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Program; and (7) work with such Government, with organizations of civil society, and with ECOMOG in their efforts to promote and protect human rights.

Condemns the use by all parties of children as combatants in the conflict.

Urges rebel forces to permit the establishment of a secure humanitarian corridor to strategic areas in the north and east of Sierra Leone for the safe delivery of food and medicines by the Government of Sierra Leone and humanitarian agencies.

Encourages and supports the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunu, to continue efforts to work in Sierra Leone to establish programs designed to rehabilitate child combatants.

Urges all parties to make a concerted effort toward peace and reconciliation in Sierra Leone.